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The Holiday Recital

This week, Dan takes a look at the Holiday Season and those people wee see once a year. They always ask after your health, and it can be a tricky thing, deciding how to answer. Well, here is a simply guide an explanation on how both sides feel, and what both sides want. Check out this tongue-in-cheek, yet useful, Holiday greeting primer.

Tales From The Therapy Crypt Part II

In honor of Halloween, Dan returns to that perpetual source of gruesome stories – the therapy crypt. In part II, Dan tells us of his experiences with yet another therapist of questionable credentials, and the bizarre testing methods she used to help cure all his ills. Dan’s first and only visit was yet another one of his memorable adventures played out in the course of his disease. Put the kids to bed and get ready to be scared silly with this “spiritual” tale.

My Personal Therapy

This week, Dan takes a look at coping mechanisms, and why it is important to discover what works best for you. While writing is his device of choice, you may find that something else is better for you. No matter what, though, find out why it is so beneficial to have something to turn to in times of need.

Turn. Turn. Turn.

This is the time of year when Seasons begin to change. The leaves turn color, people start wearing jackets, and those with chronic illness can feel the effects of changing weather more than most. Dan discusses some of the different issues that people with RA suffer from when the temperature shifts, and what it feels like both physically and mentally.

Daily Roulette

This week, Dan discusses how the extreme uncertainty of being chronically ill can affect his mental state, and some of the questions that plague him on a daily basis. He also lets us in to how the disease has shaped him as an individual, and relates some of the ways that he deals with the constant flip-flopping of his disease. Anyone who has ever wanted to know how people with disease think behind closed doors, don’t miss this article.

The Relationship Paradox

We all know that maintaining a relationship with a significant other is hard enough when it is between two healthy individuals. When you throw a physical handicap or chronic illness into the equation, it creates even more stress for both individuals. There are a few lessons I've learned the hard way over the years, and “love conquers all,” unfortunately, is not one of them.

Adapt

Dan discusses how humans adapt and how people with chronic pain have to adapt just to live their lives from day to day

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